Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
This was a re read for me, I read this last year and fell in love with it, and Audrey Rose and Thomas. The two have such delicious banter, it’s amazing! And I love how Audrey rebels against the chains of Victorian London society. Which might I say, Maniscalco captures perfectly.
The story of Jack the Ripper in itself is of course a gruesome one, but what surprised me but amazed me too is the amount of emotion packed into this book, especially towards the end! I re-discovered the feelings I had when I was reading this book for the first time, the dread, as I realised who the killer was, and the anticipation to see what would come next.
The writing is so addictive, honestly, I couldn’t put it down, it was so good to be back in this world, and I’ve been dying for book 2 ever since it’s been announced! I’m definitely curious to see how Audrey’s emotions effect her in book 2, she went through and lost so much in this book, honestly my heart ached for her.
Her banter though with Thomas was nothing short of amazing, the way they interact is honestly perfection and I admire Audrey so much for wanting to be different from the usual highborn ladies in the era, whilst they are obsessed with finding a husband, Audrey is working secretly with her uncle examining corpses. She’s so brave but she fights her inner demons constantly, and she loves her brother Nathaniel more than anything. I loved their sibling bond, it was one of my favourite things. Also, an honourable mention for the fact that Audrey isn’t afraid to stand up to her father, she will not be caged, she’s her own person! It’s fabulous.
That was definitely an amazing re read and I cannot wait til I’m holding book 2 in my hands! The countdown is on 😍.
Until next time, happy reading,
– Brooklyn The Bookworm.